A simple derivation is given for the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) in images reconstructed from incoherent holograms. Dependence is shown to be on the hologram SNR, object complexity, and the number of pixels in the detector. Reconstruction of involved objects becomes possible with high dynamic range detectors such as charge-coupled devices. We have produced such white light holograms by means of a rotational shear interferometer combined with a chromatic corrector. A digital inverse transform recreated the object.
© 1988 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: July 4, 1987
Published: March 15, 1988
Erez Ribak, Claude Roddier, Francois Roddier, and James B. Breckinridge, "Signal-to-noise limitations in white light holography," Appl. Opt. 27, 1183-1186 (1988)